Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case involving Philadelphia’s ban on contracting with foster care providers that discriminate against LGBTQ or other prospective parents, Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights, issued the following statement:

“The appellate court correctly held that the City of Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination regulation is neutral and not motivated by hostility toward religion, but by a sincere and legitimate interest in ensuring that the pool of foster parents and resource caregivers is as diverse and broad as the foster care children they serve. All children deserve loving families that are safe, diverse, and welcoming and the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge to Philadelphia’s regulations threatens to place at risk the safety and well-being of thousands of foster children across the country by sanctioning taxpayer-funded discrimination based on a prospective parent’s faith or sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. I urge the Court to prioritize the interests of foster children and uphold Philadelphia’s non-discrimination policy.”